The Weekend Australian - Travel - - INDULGENCE -

LARGELY be­cause 1999 fol­lowed the uni­ver­sally ac­claimed ’ 98 vin­tage, and also be­cause it was of vari­able qual­ity from re­gion to re­gion, the ’ 99 Grange (96 points) has not re­ceived the recog­ni­tion it is due. Which is why its typ­i­cal auc­tion ham­mer price at Lang­ton’s (www.lang­ is about $350, com­pared with $500 for the ’ 98. It is as pure an ex­pres­sion of Barossa shi­raz in a (re­gion­ally) per­fect vin­tage as is pos­si­ble to imag­ine, with black­berry, satsuma, plum and a dash of licorice, its tan­nins now silky, the oak per­fectly in­te­grated. It is as beau­ti­ful to drink now as it will be in 30 years. An­other out­stand­ing wine is the 2004 RWT Shi­raz (95 points, $150), which has won gold medal af­ter gold medal at cap­i­tal city wine shows over the past 12 months (con­sis­tency aided by its screw­cap). Its colour prom­ises all that the palate de­liv­ers, with suc­cu­lent fruit and at­trac­tive spicy el­e­ments backed by fine tan­nins and pos­i­tive French oak. James Halliday

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